Journalism & Public Relations
CSULB graduation, May 2017 (left to right): Professors Jennifer Fleming, Gwen Shaffer, Robin Jones, Soumitro Sen, Teresa Puente, Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, Danny Paskin, Heloiza Herscovitz, Jennifer Newton and Emma Daugherty
Greetings and welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are a department of close to 40 faculty and staff committed to student success in media education. We are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and we offer four academic programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
We are thrilled more than 100 students from community colleges across the great state of California joined the JPR family this fall—the largest transfer cohort in department history! Even though the pandemic is keeping us apart, new and returning students can still make connections and participate in special events such as guest speakers, movie nights and scavenger hunts by getting involved in one (or more) of our student clubs, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists and the Public Relations Student Society of America. JPR technology coordinator Dan Olsen is also keeping busy, managing our multimedia loan program to ensure the safe distribution and collection of equipment. Meanwhile, JPR advisers are available to meet with current students who can go here to make an appointment.
The spring 2020 semester was a memorable one not only because of the mass move to online instruction brought on by COVID-19, but also because the department was reaccredited. The department met all of ACEJMC’s standards with excellence following a site visit and external review in early February. Go team JPR! Also in spring, the Daily Forty-Niner and DIG Mag continued their winning streak picking up 22 California College Media Association Awards, and two exciting and esteemed professionals joined the faculty, Steve Rohr and Sona Patel. Rohr runs his owns public relations firm and served as show publicist for the Academy Awards. Patel is a Sr. Audience editor for The New York Times, a role at the intersection of social media, editorial and analytics in journalism.